RIR race to be named for military twins

By Matt Lincoln - bio | email

DAYTONA, FL (WWBT) - The April 30 NASCAR race at Richmond International Raceway will be named the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400.

They are twin brothers from California.  Daniel died in Afghanistan, Matthew is a Marine. Here is the bio on Matthew released before the announcement:

Matthew Hansen, 26, of San Marcos, Calif., is a full-time member of the United States Marine Corps. SSgt Hansen joined the Marines with his identical twin brother Daniel after graduating high school. Both brothers excelled in their training, with Daniel being handpicked to guard former President George W. Bush at Camp David in 2004 and later Lt. Gen. Richard Zilmer in Iraq. While supporting combat operations in the Farah province of Afghanistan, Daniel was killed by a roadside bomb. Matthew, who has deployed three times to Iraq, was nominated by his Godmother for continuing to serve with amazing courage and faith after losing his brother and best friend. A NASCAR newbie, Matthew is excited to attend his first NASCAR race in Daytona, and should he win the grand-prize, the April 30 race at Richmond International Raceway will be called the "Hansen Brothers 400," to show honor to his fallen twin.

All five finalists of the 2011 Crown Royal "Your Name Here" contest were from various branches of the military were selected to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Daytona. The finalists, in no specific order, were:

  • Richard Coffland, U.S. Army & Army National Guard (retired), Grand Coulee, Wash.
  • Matthew Hansen, U.S. Marine Corps, San Marcos, Calif.
  • Casey Traxler, U.S. Army (retired), Mooresville, N.C.
  • Cindy Shelton, U.S. Air Force (retired), San Antonio, Texas
  • Mark Brown, Knob Noster, Mo.

The finalists were selected from nominations submitted by friends, family and fellow comrades that illustrated what makes them a hero.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here or calling 866-455-RACE (7223).

Matt Lincoln is at the press conference in Daytona an will have more on NBC12 later today.

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